Written by John C Zinda
Believe it or not, your relationship could be recognized under legal jurisdictions as a common law marriage even if no ceremony or legal contract were entered into prior to the change in status. These are informal marriages which pertain to relationships of habit that have come to be considered as somewhat equal to the status presented by a civilly registered married couple. For the common law jurisdictions that recognize these types of marriages, they are considered legally binding. However, in others they hold no legal consequence at all. However, the term is often used to describe domestic partnerships and long term non-marital relationships.
Written by Vivian A. Scott
Usually blurted in a moment of frustration, asking, "How would you feel if I...?" is often a last ditch effort by the speaker to be heard, validated, or understood by the listener. I admit I've said it myself when I've fumbled around for the right words to express the hurt or disappointment another person has caused me. Hearing myself or anyone else utter something akin to, "How would you like it if I did that to you?" or "If I treated you that way, you wouldn't be very happy!" almost always makes me wince because I know the question rarely moves a conversation forward. In fact, it frequently does just the opposite-and here's why: